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October 1, 2019

Past Panamerican Trauma Society presidents met at Hamad General Hospital, in Doha, Qatar 

Immediately after the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery held in Dallas, TX, USA, the past presidents of the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS), Prof. Sandro Rizoli, Trauma Medical Director at Hamad General Hospital (HGH), in Doha, Qatar and Editor-in-Chief of Panamerican Journal of Trauma, and Prof. Gustavo P. Fraga, Coordinator of Division of Trauma Surgery and International Office of School of Medical Sciences (SMC) of University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, traveled to Doha. >> Read more

September 16, 2019

International Breakfast Session. Sponsored by the  American Association for the Surgery of Traum (aAAST) International Relations Committee 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.

PTS President Dr. Felipe Vega will be on a panel representing PTS at the AAST next week at the annual International Breakfast Session in Dallas Texas.
Session: “Haemorrhage control in pelvic ring injuries” (Moderators: Dr. Michel Aboutanos, Drs. Li Hsee)
Speaker: Dr. Zsolt Balogh; Australasian Trauma Society
Panelists representing International Societies:
Dr. Tina Gaarder, International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care; European Society for Trauma & Emergency Surgery
Dr. Felipe Vega, Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS)
Dr. Yasumitsu Mizobata, Japanese Association for the Surgery of Trauma (JAST); Japanese Association of Acute Medicine (JAAM)

September 5, 2019

call to provide assistance to people in the bahamas

The Panamerican Trauma Society (SPT) is dismayed by the devastation caused by the “Dorian” Hurricane in the Bahamas.
The SPT Disaster Committee has routinely been focused on education in response to disasters, fulfilling a strict educational character. But we cannot be oblivious to the pain and suffering of the population in the Bahamas. That is why we urge our members to contact the agencies (NGOs) to voluntarily collaborate in the emergency care work and participate by approaching the corresponding instances of Bahamas to make donations of canned food, clothing and offer shelter. The SPT is looking for future options to have collaboration agreements with NGOs so that its members with qualified training can be useful in emergencies and disasters within an operational scope.
Felipe Vega

July 18, 2019

Announcement! New Editor-in-Chief

On behalf of the Search Committee for Editor-in-Chief of the Panamerican Journal of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery (PAJTCCES), I am pleased to announce that the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) will be Sandro Rizoli, MD. Dr. Rizoli will succeed Dr. Rao Ivatury on August 1, 2019. Dr. Rizoli was selected from an international group of candidates.

I would like to thank all the members of the Search Committee including Dr. Carlos Morales, Dr. Dario Birolini, Dr. Napoleon Mendez, Dr. Felipe Vega, Dr. Antonio Marttos, Dr. Thomas Scalea, Dr. Rao Ivatury, Dr. Paula Ferrada, Dr. Esteban Foianini, Dr. Michel Aboutanos, and Dr. Carlos Ordonez for their commitment during the recruitment and selection process of the new EIC. There were a number of qualified applicants for the position making the decision difficult for the committee members.

Second, I would like to thank Dr. Ivatury, who revamped the journal, built on the work of prior eminent editors, and established a tradition of quality research during the last eight years of service. We all owe him a debt of thanks. Dr. Ivatury will continue to be involved with the journal in a new role as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus.

The Panamerican Trauma Society has high expectations for the Journal. Having the Journal indexed soon is the most urgent. To reach this goal, the Society is asking the new EIC to make the needed modifications, including the formation of a new editorial board that will inject the energy needed and will open the opportunity for talented PTS members to actively participate.

Our goal is to expand the relevance of the Journal worldwide creating a desired place to publish the best scientific work in trauma, critical care, and emergency surgery. The Journal must continue to represent all of the PTS but must strive, in particular to be a vehicle for publications from Latin America.

Please join us in wishing Sandro all the best in his new role!.  We are fortunate to have such an experienced individual in the EIC position, who will continue to develop the journal into a higher level in the publishing world.


Dr. Thomas Scalea

Executive Director

Panamerican Trauma Society

June 6, 2019

Open call for new members

The Chair of the PTS Research Sub-committee is pleased to invite you to become part of the PTS Research Subcommittee. This call aims at bringing together PTS members and researchers across the hemisphere to develop research initiatives.

Everyone is welcome to be part of this committee. No experience in research is necessary, and beginners in research endeavors are encouraged to participate. We look forward to your participation!

Dr. Dante Yeh, Chair PTS Research Sub-committee

 Join us!

December 2018:

Time to reflect on the many accomplishments of our beloved Society

Dear members, colleagues and friends of the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS),

As 2018 comes to a closure, it is a time to reflect on the many accomplishments of our beloved society. It is also a time to recognize and pay homage to our members and the many contributions they have brought to the growth of the PTS.

Here are the major events of 2018:

In May of 2018, we held our annual 3-day Executive Committee retreat at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond Virginia. The entire Executive Committee was in attendance and we were able to outline the goals of the PTS for the future. Of particular note, the society did not incur any expenses to host the meeting as all of the participants covered their travel expenses and we were able to use the facilities at VCU at no expense. The meeting gave the opportunity for both PTS executive committee and VCU leadership (Dr. Peter Buckley, Dean of the VCU School of Medicine, and Dr. Marsha Rappley, VCU Vice-President for Health Sciences) to have a face to face interaction to share our vision and commitment to the society.

In August we returned to beautiful Cartagena, Colombia for our annual meeting in conjunction with the Asociación Colombiana de Cirugía (ACC). This meeting marked a departure for our society, it was the first time the PTS had complete autonomy over the scientific program and marketing for our portion of the meeting. We shared other responsibilities with the ACC and we are deeply grateful to the ACC and the Colombian people for their hospitality. The meeting was a resounding success with over 1600 paid-registered participants and close to 2000 participants (including speakers, guests, vendors, and non-registered staff). It was an unprecedented success for both the ACC and SPT, scientifically and financially. We look forward to a close partnership with the ACC in the forthcoming years and a prompt return to Colombia.

The scientific program at the annual meeting was a strong departure from the lecture format of previous meetings. We expanded the case discussions, interactive lectures and developed consensus guidelines. The Keynote sessions discussing “Inequalities in Trauma Care” and the “Surge of Gun Violence across the Hemisphere” were very well attended. Dr. Mattox and Dr. Ivatury stole the show with their poignant, intelligent and emotional retrospect on their “Journey as Trauma Surgeons”. Overall, the new format received wide praise. The Program Committee will continue to build on this interactive format while allowing some prominent lectures. Future programs will increasingly feature many of the leaders of Trauma in Latin America during the Keynote sessions.

Looking ahead, in 2019 we will have our annual meeting in La Serena, Chile in conjunction with the Sociedad de Cirujanos de Chile (SOCICH) and for 2020 in Campinas, Brazil with the Sociedade Brasileira de Atendimento Integrado ao Traumatizado (SBAIT). There are preliminary talks with the Asociación Argentina de Cirugía for 2021 and a return to Colombia with the ACC in 2022.

It is also appropriate to look back at our history on the cusp of the new year. The PTS, since it was established 33 years ago, did and will continue to support the professional and academic growth of each of its members and affiliated societies. The third edition of our standard textbook, Trauma, Cirugía de Urgencias y Cuidados Críticos, was released during the meeting in Colombia and featured many prominent authors from Latin America. The courses are being updated and new manuals are being written for the operative skills course, ultrasound course and nursing course. The society continues its commitment to support research and multi-institutional trials in Latin America and with our global partners in North America and Europe. We expect to have exponential growth in the upcoming years as Latin America has a wealth of experience to share with the rest of the world. For example, the Journal has continued to grow with increasing participation from young researchers from Latin America and we expect an increase in the numbers of articles of high scientific value. This year, Dr. Sandro Rizoli is the Chair of the Publication Committee and we can look forward too many changes and improvements.

We are very grateful to all of our members and to all the benefactors who have made it possible for the Society to grow throughout this time. The commitment of our members to improve Trauma Care across all facets to include pre-hospital care, nursing, critical care, surgery, research, education and trauma system development makes our Society truly unique.

As you well know, over the past years we have developed a strategic plan for the growth and professionalization of the Society and this has led to a proposal for a new structure for the Board that would allow greater participation and representativeness of the affiliated countries. We propose to distribute the responsibilities into Regions and establish Chairs for each of these Region. The Chairs would then have the responsibility to communicate with the representatives of each country/society in their region to understand the needs of each country or affiliated society within the PTS. This was proposed to increase the participation by each affiliated country/society and that their ideas, desires or needs would reach the Executive Committee. At the same time, it ensures that the PTS focuses its efforts on meeting the needs of its members, which may vary from country to country and between regions.

In the upcoming months, we will send a communication with our new proposal and get your thoughts on it. The intent is to form 5 regions that would have carry the same weight within the Board of Directors. It would be composed of Region 1 (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru), Region 2 (Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), Region 3 (Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela), Region 4 (Caribbean, Central America and Mexico) and Region 5 (Canada and USA). Each country would have elected Ambassadors or Governors nominated through the affiliated societies of each country and they would have scheduled meetings with their respective Region Chief. This format would serve as a forum for communication and creation of new ideas and projects.

Additionally, the PTS seeks to establish strategic alliances in education, research, training of trauma surgeons/nurses/paramedics and the development of trauma systems with the leading Surgical Societies in each country throughout Latin America such as ACC, SOCICH, SBAIT, Asociación Argentina de Cirugía, just to name a few. We have also reached out to leading North American & European societies such as: AAST, EAST, WSES, ACS-COT, European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery, as well as other international agencies. We engage in these new and old Alliances on solid grounds, knowing who we are, proud of our past, sure of our future. In this way, we now serve our members better. Through these alliances, we have a presence and professional bearing on a global stage as equal players. Thus, strengthening the ties of friendship with other institutions for the benefit of our members in the pursuit of improving trauma care in the Americas.

Finally, we extend our thanks and congratulations to all of our members and those who served on the Board of Directors. Your contributions have allowed the growth and development of our Society and we are eternally grateful for your efforts. As a new year dawns, we all should wish for faster growth, and more efficient and active participation of all. Our goal should be to make the PTS the most important Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery society in Latin America.

Happy Holidays and “un abrazo” to all.

Executive Committee Panamerican Trauma Society

Dr. Felipe Vega, President

Dr. Thomas Scalea, ExecutiveDirector

Dr. Rao R. Ivatury, Editor in ChiefPAJTCCES

Dr. Antonio Marttos, President-Elect

Dr. Michel Aboutanos, Past President,VCU Representative

Dr. Carlos Ordonez, Past-President:

Dr. Sandro Rizoli, Past-President:

Dr. Esteban Foianini, Treasurer

Dr. Paula Ferrada, Secretary

October 2018:

Surgical Rescue – A Modified Delphi Study of the Panamerican Trauma Society

Dear PTS Member and Friend,

We are asking you to take part in a research study because we are trying to achieve consensus on how to approach “surgical rescue”. This study will progress as a series of rounds of polling in an iterative fashion (i.e. modified Delphi) until consensus is achieved.

  • Round 1 – open-ended free text round. You will be presented with a list of diseases that would be eligible for surgical rescue and requested to suggest “triggers” for surgical consultation and surgical intervention.

                o All of the responses will be collected and duplicates eliminated.

  • Round 2 – You will be asked to rank the importance of all the responses from Round 1.
  • Round 3 – Your response will be displayed in the context of the average of all the other participants. You will then be asked whether or not you would like to reconsider your response.
  • Additional rounds will be performed similar to Round 3 until consensus is achieved.

No risks are expected for your participation. You will not benefit directly from participating in this research study. You will not be paid for participating in this research study.

All electronic data will be stored in computer files. You will be requested to provide your email address in order to provide you feedback on your responses starting in Round 3. Only people who are directly involved with the project will have access to those records. However, you will not be able to identify how any other subject in the study answered any of the questions. When the project is finished and results are reported, no individual will be identified in any way.

Your participation is voluntary. You can decline to participate, and you can stop your participation at any time, if you wish to do so, without any negative consequences to you.

It is estimated that this study will take 10-20 minutes to complete for each round.

Please follow this link to participate in this survey:

By you answering the survey questions, this means you consent to participate in this research project.

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact:

Daniel Dante Yeh, MD FACS, FCCM

Ryder Trauma Center
DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
PO Box 016960 D40
Miami, FL 33101

If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, contact the University of Miami, Human Subject Research Office at (305)243-3195.

Trauma Nursing Course held in Montevideo, Uruguay

On October 17th, 2018 a team lead by Lic. Gaspar Reboredo carried out our Trauma Nursing Course in Montevideo. During this course participants discussed the monitoring, caring and supervision of the management of trauma patients. The essential role of nurses as part of the trauma team was highlighted.  The teaching team was formed by members of our Society, Local Course Director Gaspar Reboredo, accompanied by Leticia Almeida. We thank everyone who helped assist in this activity.


Message from the PTS President and the Executive Director:

October 15, 2018

To the Panamerican Trauma Society Members:

For the past 30 years, the Panamerican Trauma Society has represented all of the Americas in an attempt to improve trauma care for everyone. The society has evolved, and we seek to continue to make the PTS all that it can be. The 2018 meeting in Cartagena, Colombia was a great success and marked the first time the PTS became responsible for the meeting. We are actively soliciting comments from the membership and others who attended to make the 2019 meeting in Chile even more successful.

The PTS must become much more nimble and efficient to continue to meet its mission. Change is needed. However, we cannot lose the essence of the PTS. We must represent everyone in North and Latin America. Everyone has a home in the PTS.

We seek commentary from all members to continue the evolution. Some of the changes will be bumpy. That is OK, as long as all of us keep the best interest of the PTS first. In the near future, you will be receiving an invitation to provide comments to the Executive Committee and the Board. Please take the time to respond. These comments are critical to our future success.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Chile and eagerly await your comments.

     Dr. Felipe Vega                                        Dr. Thomas Scalea                                                               PTS President 2018-2019                       PTS Executive Director

Renaming a Trauma Center as the ‘Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center’ at Denver Health

Congratulations Dr. E. Moore!

The Panamerican Trauma Society offers its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ernest Eugene "Gene" Moore, upon having the trauma center at Denver Health renamed after him. Gene has dedicated  his career to working in Denver, and it seems so appropriate that the trauma center is now  renamed in his honor.

 Dr. Moore has been a leading authority in injury care for almost 40 years. His contributions are   numerous and span all important facets of injury care. He currently serves as editor in chief of   the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He has spent his entire career at the University of Colorado in Denver where he has devoted to excellence in trauma and education, has been actively involved in research and published more than 1,500 articles of surgical science.

In addition, Gene Moore has been a valuable member of the Panamerican Trauma Society for many years. His constant presence and contributions at our annual meetings are invaluable. We are proud of having him as one of our members.

Congratulations Gene from all your friends and colleagues of the Panamerican Trauma Society!.

Thomas Scalea, MD            Felipe Vega, MD                                                                                                                                      PTS Executive Director       PTS President 2018-2019 

Click here to watch the ceremony video.

August 2018:

Symposium: Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations - Sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR)

The International Committee of the Red Cross is in the process of actively looking for qualifying candidates who may serve as doctors in humanitarian missions. Today being employed in the humanitarian field is considered a good option for a surgical career.

In recent years, the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) and the Association of Colombian Surgery (ACC) have been characterized by their work hand in hand with the International Committee of the Red Cross to spread knowledge of trauma management. In the framework of this project, we invite you to the following Symposium:

Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations

This symposium will present the current and expected future status in the field of our professional practice. Those attending the symposium will be registered and considered as candidates for possible attendance to Geneva to the recognized:

Weapon-Wounded Seminar in Geneva, Switzerland

The seminar includes a visit to the Ballistic Research Center of Hitzkirch. This event is held only twice a year and participation is strictly by invitation with travel expenses included by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Symposium: Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations, will take place at the Convention Center of the Americas, Room Nueva Granada D, on Tuesday, August 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the 31st Panamerican Congress of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery and the 44th National Congress Advances in Surgery. Experts in humanitarian programs and trauma surgery of the International Committee of the Red Cross will be attending.

International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR)

Dr. Manuel Sáenz Terrazas, Regional CICR for the Americas

June 2018:

Advanced Disaster Medical Response (ADMR Course) - Havana, Cuba

On June 25th, 2018 the second ADMR “Advanced Disaster Medical Response” course of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held in Havana, Cuba.

The course was coordinated by: Dr. Susan Briggs (USA), with the help of instructors Dr. Tanya Zakrison (USA), Dr. Adam Fox (USA), Dr. Daniel Pust (USA), Dr. Manuel Lorenzo (USA), Dr. Andres Camilo (Cuba) and Cuban professionals who helped carry out the course activities. We would like to thank everyone involved who helped make this event a reality.

Third Trauma Nursing Course — Havana, Cuba

June 2018 PTS Trauma Nursing Course in Havana, Cuba
Between June 25 and 28, the 5th International Symposium on Trauma, Emergency Surgery and the 3rd Symposium Emergency Nursing and Clinical Facing Workshop: "Emergency Surgery and Trauma: A Multidisciplinary Team" were held in the auspices of the University Hospital Gral. Calixto Garcia, the Cuban Society of Surgery and its Trauma Section and the Cuban Society of Nursing.

During this event, the 3rd "Trauma Course for Nursing" of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held on June 25 with the participation of pre-hospital nurses from all the provinces of the Caribbean country.

The faculty was formed by Lic. Gaspar Reboredo (Uruguay) and Lic. Elier Carrera (Cuba), as course directors. As well as instructors Jessica Badillo, RN (United States), Lic.Mayelin Durruthy (Cuba), Lic. Eraisy Rodríguez (Cuba), Lic. Rodolfo Gámez (Cuba) and Lic. Miguel Angel González (Cuba).

June 2018 PTS Trauma Nursing Course in Havana, Cuba
The objectives of the course were fulfilled in an environment of camaraderie that allowed highlighting the role of nursing as a key component of the trauma team and the need to work for an integrated system of assistance to the traumatized patient, the strategy to reduce mortality and morbidity of the first hours, as well as its impact on the economic indicators within the health and social care, which heavily impact the population of the region.

The team of instructors is committed to professional integration, sharing common language and methodology in trauma care; as well as advancing with the objectives of "Improving the quality of life of trauma victims and reducing mortality in the Americas."

We are extremely grateful for the team of organizers and collaborators of the United States for their support, especially Dr. Marc de Moya and the nurses Jazmín Garcés-Rey, Alice Gervasini, Sol Angélica Muniz, Sandy Muse, Paula Restrepo, Abigail Schroeder, Colleen Treviño, prestigious professors of nursing in emergencies, surgery and trauma. Without them this event would not have been made possible.

June 2018 PTS Trauma Nursing Course in Havana, Cuba

May 2018:

PTS Executive Committee Gather in Richmond, Virginia USA for annual retreat

The Executive Committee of the Panamerican Trauma Society met over the weekend in Richmond, Virginia for their annual retreat. The committee gathered together to discuss the future of PTS and solutions for improving and delivering access to trauma care.

Felipe Vega, MD; Carlos Ordoñez, MD; Sandro Rizoli, MD

Carlos Ordoñez, MD; Sandro Rizoli, MD; Esteban Foianini, MD 
 Martha Quiodettis, MD; Thomas Scalea, MD; Rao R Ivatury, MD; Felipe Vega, MD; Sandro Rizoli, MD; Esteban Foianini, MD; Mrs Rao Ivatury  Thomas Scalea, MD; Rao R Ivatury, MD; Felipe Vega, MD; Carlos Ordoñez, MD; Sandro Rizoli, MD; Esteban Foianini, MD

Our Position:
A call to end violence by firearms

Once again the American continent was shaken by the news of a massacre: 17 people killed with an assault rifle in a Florida school in the United States. Once again the trauma health professionals, and members of the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS), felt the sadness and shared the suffering of many families and friends of the victims. After all, caring for a multitude of people with injuries inflicted by firearms is part of our daily activities where death is a common occurrence, almost “routine” were not for the fact that they happen to be human beings. Besides offering the best trauma care available to keep the victims alive, we are often the first to inform families and friends of the outcome. Too often we see ourselves trying to console families in a moment when no one can quite see the reason for what happened to their sons, daughters, partners or anyone that had the life shortened much earlier than expected.

Firearm violence is common across the entire American continent. This week also registered multiple deaths by firearms not only in a single school in the United States but also in Rio de Janeiro amidst escalating police brutality, in Venezuela where the state forces attack the populace, in Colombia, in Mexico—in almost every large city of the continent where the number of victims of gun violence continues to be unacceptably high.

All deaths by firearms are preventable. As health professionals that see the faces of the victims and walk over the blood trails they leave in our hospital floors and operating rooms, we feel as our responsibility to advocate for our patients and victims, and condemn all forms of firearm violence. No individual has the right to kill another.

It may be difficult for the members of the PTS to know what they can do to reduce the number of such deaths. One option may be simply expressing (not only in the silence of our hospitals and emergency departments) our repudiation and disapproval to this form of violence. This simple act may have more impact than we expect, and each one of us can do it. After all, we have the ears of our patients, their families and friends, and the respect of our fellow citizens.

This is the moment to express our sadness and sympathies for the families and friends of the victims of this week’s massacre, but it is also the moment to do something about it – injury prevention, literally. As a Society, we will bring the topic of gun violence to the Congress in Cartagena, and call our members to openly express their repudiation and to demand real changes to end all forms of gun violence, everywhere across the American continent. 

January 2018:

May Dr. Carlos Moreno Fernández Rest in Peace

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

We are sorry to hear the news that Dr. Carlos Moreno passed away.
Dr. Moreno was one of the PTS founders who had a vision to improve the management of trauma patients among Latin American countries.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Dr. Moreno’s Family during this difficult moment.
Be strong!

Panamerican Trauma Society - 1/22/2018

Read more how Dr. Moreno contributed to the PTS 
Read more about Dr. Moreno's profile

Strengthening Our Commitment to Trauma Care.  

Buenos Aires, Argentina:  PTS officer visits hospital provincial San Roque de Gonnet, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  January, 17, 2018 - Read more >>>

August - November 2017:  

1st PTS Trauma Nursing Course in Lima, Peru!

Lima, Peru: Last November 23-25, the "I Curso Internacional de Enfermería en Trauma"  was held in Lima, Peru, organized by the College of Nurses of Peru; the Peruvian Scientific Society of Pediatric Nursing and the Transfer System of Emergency (STAE).

During this event the first 'Trauma Nursing Course’ of the Panamerican Trauma Society was carried out with the participation of nurses from all corners of Peru associated with emergency pre & intra-hospital.

Throughout the course, participants experienced an educational atmosphere of camaraderie that allowed highlighting the role of nursing as vital members of a trauma team.  Moreover, the need to work for an Integral Trauma Care System as a strategy to reduce the mortality and morbidity of this disease that generates enormous economic costs to society and creates deep scars the affected families.

The teaching team consisted of nurses from the Panamerican Trauma Society of Uruguay (Lic. Gaspar Reboredo), Cuba (Lic. Elier Carrera) and Peru (Lic. Jorge Inga and Lic. Madelaine Cubas). All instructors are committed to advance the PTS objectives:  Improve the quality of life of trauma victims and decrease mortality in the Americas.

We thank Lic. Gaspar Reboredo, Chair of the PTS Nursing Sub-committee for providing this information and photography

PTS Courses Held in Nicaragua and Uruguay!

The PTS is pleased to inform that two of our educational courses were held in August and September in both Nicaragua and Uruguay!

On August 28 and 29, 2017, The Panamerican Trauma Society and the International Trauma System Development Program (PTSITSDP) teamed with Operation Smile to carry out the Essential Trauma Course (EsTC) in Siuna, Nicaragua.NICARAGUA: On August 28 and 29, 2017, The Panamerican Trauma Society and the International Trauma System Development Program (PTS/ITSDP) teamed with Operation Smile to carry out the Essential Trauma Course (EsTC) in Siuna, Nicaragua. This inaugural course was very successful as it had 45 participants from 4 different cities and included surgeons, one anesthesiologist, a pediatric surgeon, orthopedic surgeons, primary care physicians, nurses and nurse’s aides. 

The course director was ITSDP–VCU’s Dr. Edgar B. Rodas, from Richmond, VA who was joined by international instructors and PTS members: Dr. Martha Quiodettis from Panama, Dr. Marcelo Ribeiro from Brazil, and Dr. Hernan Sacoto from Ecuador.  They were also assisted by the following local instructors: Dr. Juan Sanchez Fuentes, Dr. Kevin Maltes, Dr. Mauricio Lopez, Dr. Fanor Garcia Arbizu, and Dr. Luis Guerrero.

The local instructors are now The local instructors are now certified and ready to share this course throughout Nicaragua under the sponsorship of the PTSITSDP.certified and ready to share this course throughout Nicaragua under the sponsorship of the PTS/ITSDP.

Additionally, utilizing a software developed in Ecuador in collaboration with CEDIA, a research institution with whom we had previously partnered with in Bolivia, we conducted a site evaluation of the local trauma system. Finally, as part of the educational process, course participants, hospital administrators and the national director of hospitals of Nicaragua discussed the importance and usefulness of starting a Trauma Registry.  As a result, a demonstration of the ITSDP / PTS Trauma Registry’s features was given.

We thank Dr. Edgar Rodas and Marcelo Ribeiro, Jr. for providing the photography

URUGUAY:  On September 1, 2017, the second Trauma Nursing Course of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held at the SUAT Emergency Training Center in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Second Trauma Nursing Course of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held in Uruguay, September 2017It was attended by nurses linked to pre- and intra-hospital emergencies from all corners of Uruguay.

During the course there was an educational atmosphere of camaraderie that highlighted the nursing role as a key member of the trauma team, as well as the need to work towards an Integral System of Attention to Trauma as a strategy to reduce the mortality and morbidity of this disease that generates enormous economic expenses to the society and deep scars to the families affected.

The teaching team was formed by members of our Society, Local Course Director Gaspar Reboredo, accompanied by Pamela Leiza, and Marita Acosta, all registered nurses and instructors committed to the objectives of the PTS.

We thank Gaspar Reboredo for providing the photography

AUGUST 2017:

Announcing Dr. David Feliciano as the "Aurelio Rodriguez" Speaker at the 2017 Congress!

The Panamerican Trauma Society is proud to announce DR. DAVID V. FELICIANO as the "Aurelio Rodriguez" speaker at the 30th Annual Panamerican Congress of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery!

David V. Feliciano, MD was a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, from 2013-2017. He was the Battersby Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, and Chief of Surgery at Indiana University Hospital. As of October 1, 2017, he will become a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, and an attending surgeon at the Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Feliciano is a native of New York City, graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, and completed his residency in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He then completed an abbreviated fellowship in Trauma Surgery at Detroit Receiving Hospital/Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, and a 6-month Vascular Fellowship under Michael E. DeBakey at Methodist Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

His curriculum vitae includes 298 peer-reviewed or solicited papers published or in press, 173 chapters published or in press, 20 books, and 68 miscellaneous publications. He is a Co-Editor of the textbook TRAUMA, which has just been published in its Eighth Edition.

Dr. Feliciano has received 38 Teaching Awards from surgical residents, medical students, a medical school Dean, and a medical school alumni association. He was the first “Grady Healthcare Hero” in 2011 at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University School of Medicine, where he was Surgeon-in-Chief from 1992-2011. In 2016, he received the first “Teaching Legends Award” from the Department of Surgery at Indiana University. Also, he received the Mayo Clinic “Distinguished Alumni Award”, one of four physicians chosen from all Mayo alumni around the world, in November, 2016. In addition, Dr. Feliciano is a former Director (member) of The American Board of Surgery (2001-2007), former Chair of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for General Surgery (2007-2011), and has been President of 8 surgical societies (American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Atlanta Surgical Society, Georgia Surgical Society, Panamerican Trauma Society, Priestley Society (Mayo-trained surgeons), Southeastern Surgical Congress, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Western Trauma Association).

Dr. Feliciano is married to Grace S. Rozycki, MD, MBA, RDMS.  Dr. Rozycki is the Willis D. Gatch Professor of Surgery at Indiana University, Associate Chair of the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Chief of Surgery at IUH Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Feliciano is the proud father of sons David J. Feliciano, MEdu (Houston, Texas) and Douglas D. Feliciano, MPA, JD (Santa Clara, California).

JULY 2017:   

PTS Courses Held in Cuba!

The PTS is pleased to report that three of our educational courses were held during the month of May on the Caribbean island of Cuba. The ADMR (Advanced Medical Response to Disasters), USET (Ultrasound in Emergency & Trauma), and TNC (Trauma Nursing Course) courses were held as part of the 4th International Symposium on Trauma and 2nd Workshop on Emergency Surgery: Safety and Quality of Surgical Patients. (Cuban Society of Surgery / Trauma Section)

The courses were coordinated by Dr. Marc De Moya (USA), with the help of Dr. Cristiane De Alencar Domingues (Brazil), Dr. José Cruvinel Neto (Brazil), Dr. Susan Briggs (USA), and Gaspar Reboredo (Uruguay). They worked with Cuban health care professionals to form a group capable of replicating the educational strategy carried out by the Panamerican Trauma Society.

The following doctors and nurses also served as instructors: Dr. David Lawlor (Boston), Dr. Andrew Liteplo (Boston), Dr. João Paulo Ripardo (Brazil), Dr. Tanya Zakrison (Miami), Dr. Daniel Pust (Miami), and Jasmin Garces (New Jersey). In addition, we also had two local instructors from Cuba join us in this task: Nurses Elier Carrera and Mayelín Durruthy.

Amongst the participants were chiefs and sub-chiefs of nursing, emergency service doctors, and pre-hospital medical personnel from all parts of Cuba. The President of the Cuban Society of Nursing also participated in the event, which facilitated the PTS reaching out to a large part of the nursing community on the island.

Thanks to the remarkable effort, commitment, and work of Cuban medical personnel, we were able to carry out high quality educational courses. The learning objective was met. Based on the results, the activity was a success, as there was a transfer of knowledge and the participants took away an excellent image of the educational proposals of the Panamerican Trauma Society.

Participants completed a survey to provide feedback. Most praised the activity.  In fact, we were asked to replicate the activity more often and to repeat the activity in other parts of Cuba.

Developing our training programs in Cuba was exciting. The cultural context is an advantage; the high level of training that professionals receive make them more inclined to accept new approaches to trauma care. The fact that the entire population has access to the health care system was another huge advantage.

We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Marc De Moya for his key role in organizing these courses. The response was remarkable and the result was a warm, friendly and high quality scientific exchange for professionals working in different realities, but with the same goal: to improve trauma care in the Americas.

The PTS offers a comprehensive list of courses to promote the exchange of information and knowledge among physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, and other health personnel involved in the care of trauma patients in Latin America. If you are interested in organizing any of these courses, please contact us at  To find the next course near you, please visit our homepage under the Education tab.

We thank Gaspar Reboredo, the main contributor of this news piece.

The Panamerican Trauma Society plays an important role to advance Interprofessional Injury Care, Education, and Training by participating in global based nursing symposiums held in 2016 and 2017.

United States Trauma programs are traditionally team-based and require an inter-professional care, education, and training model, with special emphasis on the dynamic relationship between surgeons and nurses. The publication "Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient", written by the American College of Surgeons - Committee on Trauma, helps highlight the importance of the roles and responsibilities of a Trauma Nursing Manager. It concludes this particular nursing position is crucial to "Trauma Center" designation in United States hospitals. The combination of these factors has improved injury outcomes in the United States and a Latin American application may be highly beneficial on a global scale.

The Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS), including its Nursing Subcommittee, together with Rutgers Global Surgery, Rutgers School of Nursing, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), supported by a grant from the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, jointly organized a global nursing symposium in New Jersey, USA in June 2016.

Consuelo Burbano, MSN, RN (University of Valle de Cali), Lisa Falcon, MSN, RN, TCRN, NE-BC, and Sue Willard, PhD, RN, APN-c (Rutgers University) provided a broad overview of trauma program and systems concepts and its application in low- and middle-income countries, specifically focusing on the development of the Trauma Nurse Manager role and models in nursing led performance improvement.

The Panamerican Trauma Society organized its Trauma Nursing Course for six nursing participants from Kenya and Colombia during the 2016 symposium. This effort was led by Cristiane de Alencar Domingues (chair of the Nursing Committee), Gaspar Reboredo, and Jasmine Garces. The PTS-Trauma Nursing Course certificates were ultimately awarded to all of the course participants: Consuelo Burbano, Francisco López, Ronal Bermúdez, Yuly Andrea Santa Mejía, Maira Azain (from Cali and Medellín, Colombia), John Okoth and Tecla Sum (Kenya), and Sol Angelica Muñiz (Puerto Rico).

Trauma resuscitation simulations were performed to demonstrate clinical and administrative interprofessional interdependence among nurses, students, surgeons, ER physicians, care coordinators, pharmacists, technicians, and students. "The symposium is the culmination of a bi-directional commitment to building trauma program and systems capacity with Dr. Carlos Ordonez from Colombia and other low- and middle-income countries. Academic Institutional partnerships, formed between high-income US universities and low-to-middle income universities in Latin America over the last decade has promulgated the education, training, and workforce expansion necessary for the current emergent surgery and injury burden globally”, says Dr. Gregory Peck of Rutgers Global Surgery.

The Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences Global Health Institute and the PTS are planning a 2017 symposium, which will be held March 27-31, 2017 at Rutgers University. If you would like to participate, please contact Angelica Sol Muñiz, PhDs, MSN, RN, FN, RPT at and Allissa Gerdes, MPH at

OCTOBER 2016:   

Thomas Scalea, MD, New Executive Director 

The Board of Directors of the PTS has elected Dr. Thomas Scalea as the next Executive Director of the Society for the term 2016-2019. The PTS is looking forward to reaching new heights of accomplishment under his leadership. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Scalea.


Education & Training 

University of Virginia, BA, 1974
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, MD, 1978
Residency, Upstate Medical Center, General Surgery, 1983
Fellowship, New York Medical College-Valhalla, Critical Care/Trauma, 1984  

Dr. Scalea is globally recognized for being a pioneer in leadership and advancing the field of shock and injury care. As Physician and Chief of the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, he heads the only freestanding trauma center in the nation and the best known trauma center in the world. It cares for over 8000 critically injured patients annually with a 96% survival rate. Dr. Scalea remains a busy clinician, working over 100 hours per week, and performing over 600 operative cases per year. Under his leadership, the Program in Trauma has expanded clinical services including caring for the emergency general surgery patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Scalea served as System Chief for critical care for the medical system and has built a region wide critical care program comprised of 18 ICUs and more than 300 beds.

In 2001, Dr. Scalea established a military training program, CSTARS, that has trained more than 4000 Air Force personnel before being deployed to war. Dr. Scalea has led international relief missions, including taking the only non-Chinese team to Sichuan and spearheading a six-month relief project after the Haitian earthquake, visiting Haiti four times himself. Dr. Scalea has health leadership positions in many national organizations and has received many local, regional and national honors. Dr. Scalea is a funded investigator and remains a prolific investigator mentoring many investigators from his department.

He was the President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (2014- 2015) and the President of Western Trauma Association (2014-2015). He is the Chair of the Panamerican Trauma Society's Development and Scholarship Committee and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.


World Trauma Congress
Panamerican Trauma Society Presents at WTC in New Delhi, India

President Michel Aboutanos, MD (USA) and President-Elect Carlos Ordoñez, MD (Colombia) presented at the WTC on Prevention of Youth Violence, and Hepatic Trauma Injuries. Also presenting were PTS members Marcelo Ribeiro, MD (SBAIT–Brazil ) and Michael Parra, MD (USA, Colombia).

MAY NEWS 2016:   

Mohamed Mohamed, MD visits Richmond, VA USA

Introducing Dr. Mohamed Mohamed, graduate of the University of Khartoum in Sudan and member of the Panamerican Trauma Society. Dr. Mohamed is currently observing activities in Richmond, VA. He has observed clinical and quality improvement activities at VCU Health, in addition he will be spending two weeks with Richmond Ambulance Authority with the objective of learning about prehospital systems and the USA trauma system as a whole.

He is here through the International Observership Program, a collaborative effort between the PTS, VCU ITSDP and RAA.


APRIL NEWS 2016:   

Trauma Course | El Salvador

On April 29th and 30th, PTS board member Dr. Martha Quiodettis participated in an inaugural trauma course in El Salvador. She presented on the deliverables of PTS and the advantages of joining the society. The conference was a great success as more than 100 surgeons participated. Thank you, Dr. Quiodettis !

added 5/2/16 MA 

2015 EMS Exchange Program in Colombia

Greetings from Colombia!

Jane LaVerne & EMS Exchange program

Jane Laverne and the group from Virginia Rescue Squad are having a great time in Colombia! 

The exchange has been in the cities of Neiva, Bogota, Medellin and Calidad. This is part of the Panamerican Trauma Society EMS exchange program with VCU and the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.  


Conducting Research in Peru with PTS

Dr. Lacey N. LaGrone is spending this year (August 2015 – June 2016) in Peru conducting research in quality improvement programs in trauma and emergency surgery. Dr. LaGrone recently completed three years of general surgery residency and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. She is currently supported by a fellowship from the National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Clinical Research program.

Dr. LaGrone is mentored in collaboration with the Panamerican Trauma Society by Dr. Charles Mock from the University of Washington, Dr. Eduardo Huaman Egoavil of Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara, and Dr. Manuel Rodriguez Castro of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Her primary project consists of a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the current use of trauma quality improvement programs, such as morbidity and mortality meetings and trauma registries, in Latin America. Her ancillary projects include efforts to define and implement a standardized morbidity and mortality conference in Peru, and reports which will highlight some of the many local successes in quality improvement.

Panamerican Trauma Congress 2015

Santa Cruz, Bolivia 2015 Congress Photos

This year's congress was a huge success, thanks to all who attended & we hope to see you next year in Brazil !

ACS 2015 Congress News:

Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, was honored with the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for working with non-profit organizations and the US National Disaster Medical System to provide surgical care during humanitarian emergencies throughout the world.

Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, a trauma and general surgeon from Tucson, AZ, received the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for helping to establish telemedicine and e-health programs in underdeveloped countries, especially those recovering from conflict and in need of major rebuilding of their health care systems.


Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS received the Meritorious Achievement Award Monday, October 5, at the annual Committee on Trauma (COT) dinner during ACS 2015 Clinical Congress. Dr. Coimbra was honored for his outstanding contributions to the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma (ACS RCOT) made during his term as the immediate past Vice-Chair of the ACS COT and Chair of the ACS RCOT.


Yellow May Movement 2015

#yellowmay  #maioamarelo  #mayoamarillo

 Join our Yellow May movement to increase road safety

Yellow May is an international movement to raise awareness of the need to increase road safety. Vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic should be safe to everyone in any situation.

To initiate a conversation about road traffic safety within communities in order to encourage the participation of citizens, businesses, governments, and organizations to this movement.

On May 11, 2011 the UN declared the month of May as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, and as a result, Brazil established May as the International Month of Road & Pedestrian Safety.

In Brazil where the movement was born, yellow is the color of attention and represents traffic warning signs.

Join the movement:

March News 2015:

The 1st International & National Meeting of Emergency Faculty of Medical Sciences from the National University of Caaguazú. The meeting was held on March 13-14th in Colonel Oveido in Paraguay.

Prof. Gustavo Marchain, MD, member of Panamerican Trauma Society and Sociedad Paraguaya de Trauma, said "This meeting is part of an action that aims to improve emergency and trauma care throughout Paraguay."

The event included USET and ADMR courses coordinated by Dr. José Cruvinel Neto and Dr. Bruno Pereira, both from the University of Campinas, Brazil, and featured a round table discussion of clinical cases. USET enrollment totaled 56 students and ADMR had 100 subscribers in attendance. According to organizers Dr. Ana Liz and University Directors, the event met their expectations and plans are to do more partnerships with trauma societies in Latin America.

This news is also available in Portuguese:

In addition, last week there was another event with 200 attendees:

Congratulations Drs.: Gustavo Machain, Jose Cruvinel and Bruno Pereira!

October 2014 | Member Spotlight:

Paula Ferrada, MD, PTS member and trauma surgeon at VCU Health Director of STICU and Associate Professor in the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services, discusses with Chris Porter at OnSurg about the benefits of international collaboration in academic surgery, Panamerican Trauma Society, and the benefits available to trauma professionals at this year's annual congress.


Panamerican Trauma Congress 2015 | photos

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